Mr Little Jeans

Mr Little Jeans

Trace

Sat, December 3, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$18.00

This event is all ages

Official ID required for those who are 16+.

Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Mr Little Jeans
Mr Little Jeans
If you've engaged with contemporary pop culture, you've heard of Mr Little Jeans. To be clear, Mr Little Jeans is one woman — Monica Birkenes — and it's her dreamy electronic production that has appeared in everything from network TV (Transparent, Grey's Anatomy) to indie and mainstream cinema (50/50, Iron Man III). Her lush compositions make her music unnervingly original — after all, this is what drew millions to her first hit in 2011, a signature take on Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs."

Although she now lives in L.A., Birkenes hails from Norway — she grew up in the small seaside town of Grimstad, the daughter of a shipbuilder and secretary. That English wasn't her first language is actually an advantage in her songwriting: Her breathy lyrics take unexpected turns and leave you reaching at beautiful metaphors you can't quite grasp. Birkenes admits, "I am a little obscure at times; maybe that's how I feel I can be honest." Her songs draw from personal experiences but leave things open-ended enough that you can't help but lean into them and commiserate.

This balance is what helped inform the magical blend that made up her 2014 debut album Pocketknife, a wandering soundscape of songs both dark and gritty (hard, menacing drums drive the beat of "Good Mistake") and staggeringly elegant ("Oh Sailor" tugs at heartstrings with help from the Silver Lake children's' choir).

Birkenes and long-time collaborator Tim Anderson have now come back together for her second release — the F E V E R S EP (Out October 21 via Nettwerk Records). Like on Pocketknife, new songs "Stitches" and title track "Fevers" are pop hymnals, sparkling oases that temper but don't hide the uncertainty of living. F E V E R S also makes a strong connection between Scandinavian musicality and the Los Angeles point-of-view, bringing together everything that has made Birkenes a part of Mr Little Jeans, and vise-versa.
Trace
Trace
Independent, singer- songwriter TRACE released her debut EP, titled Low, in August of 2016. Since, it has collected over 11 million streams being a sound that echos synth beats over moody pop lyrics. The daughter of a Vietnamese pop icon, TRACE spent most of her childhood watching her mom on stage, surrounded by adoring fans and engulfed in her music, or listening to her vocal warm ups through the bedroom walls. TRACE chose to release her own creativity in a much more introspective path and began to write- about everything. After battling an incessant feeling, TRACE left her promising career in editorial behind and began to write her EP in the fall of 2014, doing it all out of her small apartment in east Los Angeles- recording everything in a bathroom. In March of 2015, she released her first single, Heavy Shoulders, and grabbed the attention of the electronic duo, Odesza- a hint in the direction of how her sound has since developed after working with a collection of some of the most finger on the pulse electronic producers. TRACE premiered her EP on Spotify, as the cover of the The Indie Mix, following her celebratory single release under Next Wave Records, Ultra Music. On average, 1.42 million unique listeners tune in every month, with that number growing significantly every day.
Venue Information:
The Teragram Ballroom
1234 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90017
http://www.teragramballroom.com/